Strauch, Paul

Quiet and graceful regularfoot surfer from Honolulu, Hawaii; winner of the 1963 Peru International, and creator of the cheater five (or "Strauch crouch") noseride. "He was the best surfer in the world," Hawaiian power surfer Barry Kanaiaupuni later said of Strauch. "It was like Star Trek; like something out of the future."

Strauch was born (1943) and raised in Honolulu, began surfing as a goofyfooter at age four, then switched to regularfoot at 12, when he and his father both got custom-made...